April 17, 2018

New Jersey Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $57,707
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $48,690

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in New Jersey schools. Undergraduate course requirements vary considerably depending on the subject area being taught. See this Web page for more information:
Certificate Endorsements and Codes:
You will also need to complete a New Jersey-approved teacher certification preparation program. A discussion of approved programs is available here:
Regional Accreditation of a College or University:
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see this Web site:
Alternate Route:


No test of basic skills is required For teacher certification in New Jersey. However, you’ll need to take the following tests in specific subject areas:
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site: http://www.ets.org | Praxis 2 Test

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of New Jersey has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about New Jersey Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in New Jersey for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the New Jersey Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
New Jersey Department of Education
PO Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500

Or you can call at (609)292-4469.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the New Jersey teacher certification process:

New Jersey Department of Education:

New Jersey Licensure & Credentials: